May 25, 2011
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Notre Dame senior 1B David Casey won the 2011 BIG EAST Tournament Home Run Derby on Tuesday night. He also set a new single-round record with six home runs.
Players received 100 points for a home run and 10 points for a fly ball that reaches the outfield.
Eight of the BIG EAST's top sluggers kicked off the 2011 Championship with the annual Home Run Derby, capping a wonderful night of camaraderie, music, barbecue and fireworks. And in a field that consisted of the unanimous conference Player of the Year and the leading home run hitter in the league, it was Notre Dame's David Casey - who put on the best show in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the BIG EAST's late-spring home.
Casey set a Derby record with six home runs on 10 swings in the final round to edge Louisville's Cade Stallings (four) and Connecticut's George Springer (three) to win league bragging rights for the next year.
For his part, Springer - who earlier was tabbed as BIG EAST Player of the Year by the league head coaches - gave the fans in the leftfield pavilion a few souvenirs with five blasts in the first round. But Casey, hitting from the left batter's box, pelted the rightfield berm in the final round.
BIG EAST Championship Home Run Derby Results
George Springer, Connecticut - 530
Cade Stallings, Louisville - 420
David Casey, Notre Dame - 260
Justin Riddell, Cincinnati - 240
Will Walsh, Seton Hall - 160
Kevin Griffin, West Virginia - 150
David Chester, Pittsburgh - 130
Rowan Wick, St. John's - 40
David Casey, Notre Dame - 620
Cade Stallings, Louisville - 410
George Springer, Connecticut - 350
Justin Riddell, Cincinnati - 170